Banner Archive for August 2016

Post to trim gym hours starting Oct. 1
MWR budget cuts prompt decision   

As the U.S. Army and Installation Management Command face a changing environment, one characterized by reduced resources, leaders at Carlisle Barracks are committed to preserving quality of life on the installation despite constraints affecting military morale, welfare and recreation programs.

Since 1989, U.S. Congress has appropriated funds to cover Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs with a direct link to readiness, including fitness centers. Recreational programs across the Army will be reduced by $105 million in fiscal year 2017. Carlisle Barracks’ share will be a $192,000 reduction which equates to approximately 15 percent of the appropriated funds from previous years.

"The bottom line is in fiscal year '17, beginning in October, we're going to have a little less money to put into our family Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs than we have in previous years," Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, head of Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), which oversees family programs, said in a video posted on the command's YouTube channel Aug. 30.

Army facilities such as outdoor recreation, auto skills, travel offices, arts and crafts, and child and youth programs are less directly related to readiness and receive a lower authorization of appropriated funds and typically must cover the majority of their cost with user fees. Other programs, such as bowling centers, golf courses and clubs must be self-supporting with user fees covering all costs.

During the last few weeks, Carlisle Barracks leaders closely scrutinized all MWR programs to determine how to address the shortfall. Facility and program utilization were analyzed with a focus on meeting the needs of the Carlisle Barracks community.

“It's of critical importance to the command at Carlisle Barracks to continue offering quality services from MWR that you've come to expect for you and your families,” said Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander, when speaking of the reduction in funding. “We have taken a hard look at usage rates and our most popular activities to ensure we continue to serve you the best we can with the resources we maintain.”

Ank said he was proud of the programs offered by MWR and thanked the community for helping to sustain them.

Following the re-balance of MWR's appropriated funds, there have been changes to the hours of operations for the three on-post fitness centers. The Indian Field and Root Hall gyms will close an hour earlier during the week and will be closed on weekends. The changes create an anticipated $53,000 in savings in manpower costs.

Effective Oct. 1, the following changes will be in effect:

Indian Field Fitness Center

Open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed on weekends

Root Hall Gym

Open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed on weekends

Thorpe Hall Gym

Open Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally other business decisions were made internally to reduce costs. DFMWR is also exploring the implementation of user fees for fitness classes, much like exists off-post. More information will be made available before the new fee schedule is implemented. It is expected to take effect in early 2017.




Message to leaders: Shape the command climate for valued members

Commandant gathers leaders to build trust, build better teams, focus forward

Aug. 31, 2016 -- You’re going to help me make this a better place, said the commandant to the forum of leaders invited from across the War College, Dunham Clinic, and Carlisle Barracks Garrison, as he charged them each, civilian and military leaders alike, to be part of the solution, ensuring that sexual assault and sexual harassment is “Not on my team.”

 “Our purpose today is to talk about our collective responsibility with respect to the command climate, said Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp. “The fix starts with you and me, the leaders of this organization.”

In his leader-to-leader dialogue, he reminded them of what the Army War College teaches about leadership priorities. “The first is to address the command climate,” he said. “That means every single person in the organization feels valued, feels safe, and feels that they can come to work and be the very best that they can be. 

Maj. Gen. Rapp, Commandant of the USAWC presents his Bottom Line: Each of us plays an important part in maintaining a workplace where respect for others is the standard, where everyone feels safe and secure, and where teammates intervene when needed, SHARP Summit, Bliss Hall, Aug 29.

 “By doing that, we build trust. By building that trust, we imbue the organization with positive energy. That positive energy and that trust allows your teams to be built.”

Rapp continued with the second primary responsibility of a commander: “To provide a vision, direction for that organization because that then allows that teamwork, that trust to be focused towards something positive and that also allows for the execution of what we call ‘discipline initiative’ … allowing you as leaders to do what you think is best to further the mission and vision of your organization.”

The Department of Defense identifies Carlisle Barracks as a low-risk, high-maturity environment where sexual harassment/ abuse trends seen in other installations are less likely to occur, he told the leaders. That doesn’t mean there are not places where offensive language or behavior takes place and employees don’t feel empowered or encouraged to step forward, to report, or to do something about it, he continued.

Laura Massey Crawford from the Department of the Army's SHARP office presents during the 2016 SHARP Summit held at Bliss Hall, Aug. 29

Rapp introduced a set of speakers selected to clarify that this is everybody’s responsibility – leaders particularly – to commit to his challenge to prevent sexual harassment and abuse:  ‘Not on my team.’

Laura. M. Massey Crawford talked of trust and understanding up and down the chain of command. The first guest speaker, she is chief of the Policy and Oversight Branch Chief with the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program Office.  Commanders who build trust and respect up and down the chain will have soldiers with the courage to step up and to intervene, since the Army’s primary focus is to prevent such incidents, she said.

Crawford spoke as well about the Army work to include civilian employees under the umbrella of sexual harassment/ abuse prevention and response, e.g., the exception to policy in restrictive reporting, availability of SHARP services to DA civilians and a DA civilian guidebook.

Ruth Moore heads Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion for the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. She  opened the morning’s second presentation with a series of questions about work place situations, intended to engage the audience in the problems and think about their own work environment and its culture. Moore urged the audience of leaders to take a stand and learn about themselves so they can be aware of and accept cultural differences.

Russell Strand, a retired U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, or CID, special agent, is chief of the Behavioral Sciences Education &Training Division for the Army Military Police School. Strand started his presentation with a story of how culture changes. He took out a cigarette and demonstrated how he’d emulate his Dad when he was young. His father rolled a cigarette pack in his shirt sleeve, tapped the cigarette his hand before lighting it. Young Strand followed his lead with a “candy cigarette” because he knew that his dad was cool and, therefore, got the message that smoking “was the coolest thing to do.”  But that shared culture about cigarettes in America has changed, he noted.  It’s up to the leaders to change the messages that permeate the workplace today.

Russell Strand holds a cigarette as he tells the story about how he saw smoking as being so cool because his father did, during the 2016 SHARP Summit, Bliss Hall, Aug 29

“Messages that you send as leaders are far more powerful than policy that the DoD or the Department of the Army can provide,” said Strand. "If you're not holding people accountable for disrespecting, harassing and ostracizing people, then you should be held responsible,” he said. “You should know what is going on in your units at every level.

“What we are setting out to do is bring about culture change,” said Strand.

SHARP Leadership Summit presentations by Rapp, Crawford, Moore and Strand are posted at

No secrets: All spouses invited to Community Information exchange

The Community  Leaders Information Forum monthy  meetings kick off Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 11 am to noon at the Army  Heritage and Education Center multi-purpose rooms.

While these meetings have always been open to all spouses, leadership this year wants every spouse, regardless of military sponsor's rank or job, to understand they're invited -- to listen and to join the exchange of information.

"This year, we focus on all of the spouses and families of Carlisle Barracks, not just the student senior spouse representatives," said Chief of Staff Col. Robert Balcavage.

"This is about keeping spouses in the loop about upcoming events, special events, garrison updates, things happening in the college," said Christine Daily, director of the CLIF as well as the Military Family Program.

"If any spouse would like to come, they can be comfortable doing so," said Daily, who noted that there will be plenty of open seating.

While some questions can be addressed within the timeframe of one hour, the CLIF uses the "3x5 card strategy" to encourage questions and concerns to rise to the level of college and post leadership, and to be researched before the next CLIF meeting. Whether there's a 'fix' or an explanation to a question/ concern, it will be addressed at the next CLIF.

Attn: Civilian employees, federal life insurance open season begins Sept. 1

For the first time in 12 years, the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) is having an Open Season and it starts Thursday, September 1.

The FEGLI Open Season allows eligible employees to enroll in FEGLI life insurance or increase their coverage up to the program maximum without having a qualifying life event, answering medical questions, or having a physical exam.

Here are some advantages of the FEGLI Program and this Open Season:

-              Competitive group premiums with convenient payroll deduction

-              You can elect coverage as little as about one years salary, as much as about six years salary, and many options in between

-              You can elect Option C coverage on the lives of your spouse (up to $25,000) and eligible dependent children under age 22 (up to $12,500 for each eligible child)

-              No medical questions to answer and no physical exam

-              Extra Benefit automatically enhances Basic coverage for enrolled employees under age 45, at no additional charge

-              You can continue your FEGLI coverage into retirement if you meet all of the requirements

Visit for more information.

There is a one year delayed effective date before your Open Season coverage becomes effective.  Your new coverage will be effective the first day of the first full pay period that begins on or after October 1, 2017, as long as you meet pay and duty status requirements.  For most biweekly employees, this means your new coverage will be effective October 1, 2017.  You will not pay premiums for your new coverage until your new coverage is effective.

Thinking about retirement?  For any FEGLI coverage you wish to bring into retirement, you must have that coverage for your last five years of Federal service, among other requirements.  If you plan to retire before October 2022 (five years after the soonest your Open Season coverage could come into effect), consider this when making your Open Season election.

Remember - this FEGLI Open Season ends on Friday September 30, 2016.

Robert Martin, USAWC Public Affairs office
International students fully integrated into academic seminars and extracurricular activities

An International Fellow from Jamaica joins the Army War College student body this yearfor the first time. The resident class of 2017 is underway with 74 international officers, from 70 countries, within the student body of 384. This is the largest body of international officers among the senior service war colleges.

International students at Carlisle are fully integrated into academic seminars and extracurricular activities. They provide U.S. students with the opportunity to study and work alongside colleagues from allied and partner nations. For the international officers, it presents opportunity to establish a mutual understanding and rapport with senior U.S. officers and foreign officers and enrich the educational environment. The college traditionally refers to its foreign students as fellows, recognizing their role as both learners and contributors of regional expertise.

International Students gather around a newly retired EC-130 from the 193rd Special Operations Wing
now on perment display during their visit to Fort  Indian Town Gap, July 28.

“To have American officers, civilians, and foreign officers in the seminar allows me to see many different types of approaches to a problem and how it is viewed by my classmates,” said Brazilian Lt. Col. Alberto Nunes. “When I return back to my country I will be better prepared to help my service and my government solve problems regarding international affairs,” he said.

The international fellows began a vigorous six-week orientation course in mid-June to help them transition into living and studying in the United States. The orientation is a team effort, led by the staff of the International Fellows Program Office, with personalized assistance from the volunteer sponsors from Carlisle Barracks and from neighboring civilian communities.

The multi-phased orientation, for students and families alike, introduces them to banking, driving, and other realities of U.S. culture. Sponsors help overcome cultural differences and lend helpful hands and understanding ears.

U.S. Field Studies program broadens IF exposure to US institutions

More than an orientation to U.S. life, the IF Orientation Course spans political, social, economic and historical understanding of the United States. Travel and exchanges address the values of this nation.

Austrailian Col. Susan Coyle trains on the 50-caliber machine gun inside the Engagement Skills Trainer at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., 28 July.

“The Department of Defense requires all foreign military students to participate in the U.S. Field Studies program,” said Kevin Bremer, chief of the International Student Management Office, who explained that the field studies requirements get underway during orientation, and continues yearlong. The field studies complement local experiences of fellows and their families, creating a fuller impression of their host nation.

“The goal of the [International Fellows] program is to provide a balanced understanding of U.S. society, cultureand ideals of the American democratic way of life,” he said. “This program will continue throughout the academic year with visits to the U.S. Military Academy, the AUSA Convention in Washington D.C., various visits to other institutes of higher learning, as well as other cultural visits.”

The new  students traveled with families to both Philadelphia and Washington D.C. in the weeks prior to academic classes.

While in Philadelphia, the fellows and their families visited Old Philadelphia and Independence Hall. The fellow s visited the Boeing assembly plant, while the spouses and children toured the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Interanational students get an orientation to an all-American passtime as they prepare for the upcoming seminar softball season.

“For myself and my family, the tour of Philadelphia was very inspirational because we could see where this country was born,” said Nunes, about the United States. “Philadelphia was a beautiful city and it is very close to Carlisle so we will come back with my family again.”

“As a professional, the visit to the Pentagon was wonderful. I could see the joint operations between services and civilian agencies. For me this visit to the Pentagon was very beneficial,” he said.

The fellows participated in meetings and panel discussions at the Department of State and the Pentagon while their families toured the National Capital Area with stops at the Washington Zoo and the Smithsonian Air and Space museum at Dulles.

One of the highlights for the fellows was their visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where Australia’s Col. Susan Coyle, Jordanian Brig. Gen. Basem Alalaween. Togo’s Lt. Col. Kokou Kemence, and Canadian Fellow  Col. Paul Peton participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

Tips for a safe Labor Day weekend -- Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The 2016 national enforcement mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" goes into effect across the country from August 17 to September 5, 2016. One of the deadliest and most often committed - yet preventable - of crimes (drunk driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country.

The summer season is coming to an end and we are gearing up for that last big celebration or picnic. Everyone needs to relax, unwind and say good-bye to summer. Many of us will share this time with our families or close friends. It is up to us to enjoy this weekend in a responsible, safe way.

Every year, hundreds of families are faced with the devastating consequences of someone driving after consuming too much alcohol. The following information offers suggestions on how to have a safe Labor Day Weekend.

Drunk-Driving Facts and Figures

  • Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 of higher). In 2014, there were 9,967 people killed in these preventable crashes. In fact, on average, over 10,000 people have died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes.
  • Over the Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. August 29– 5:59 a.m. September 2)in 2014, there were 401 crash fatalities nationwide. Almost half (48%) of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC); 40 percent involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC); and more than a fourth (28%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the illegal limit (.15+ BAC).
  • In 2014, approximately 1 in 5 children killed in traffic crashes (14 and younger) were passengers in drunk-driving crashes. Fifty-six percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
  • In addition to the human toll drunk driving takes on our country, the financial impact is devastating as well: based on 2010 numbers (the most recent year for which cost data is available), impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion annually.
  • In every State, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, yet one person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 53 minutes in the United States.
  • Of the 9,967 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2014, 64 percent were the drunk drivers themselves.
  • In fatal crashes during the month of August over the five-year period of 2010-2014, almost 1 out of 10 (7%) of the drunk drivers involved had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving.
  • Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes. In 2014, 23 percent of males were drunk in these crashes, compared to 15 percent for females.
  • Drunk driving is more common at night, and Labor Day weekend in 2014 was no exception. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, 83 percent of drunk-driving crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
  • Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34, who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2014, 51 percent of those fatalities involved a drunk driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • Motorcycle riders have the highest overall rate of alcohol impairment in fatal crashes. In 2014, 29 percent of the motorcycle riders killed were riding impaired.


When throwing a picnic/party, it is important to remember that you have a responsibility to your guests that they all have a safe afternoon or evening at your party.

If alcohol is being served it is important to always offer your guests non-alcoholic beverages and food. You should also have activities such as dancing or games so as to not make alcohol the main-focus of the event. By offering your guests other activities, you are encouraging them to spend their time socializing instead of drinking.

As host of the party, be prepared to help identify safe and sober transportation for all of your guests. This can be accomplished by identifying a safe-ride program in your area, providing your guests with the telephone number for a local taxi company or simply offering all of your guests a good nights sleep in your home.

Ensuring a safe and sober ride home for all your guests is the easiest way to ensure a safe holiday event.

Remember “It’s Always OK NOT To Drink”.

How to have a safe Labor Day event

Always know who is driving – Make sure the designated drivers have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.

Serve food – Especially foods such as cheese, nuts, and meat as these foods help slow the body’s alcohol absorption rate.

Obey the law – ID anyone you may not know at your party. Never serve anyone who is under 21 or is already intoxicated.

Focus on fun – Have games, music, entertainment or other activities to shift the emphasis from drinking to socializing.

Know what to look for – Signs of impairment can include lack of coordination, aggressive behavior, very talkative, very indifferent, slurred speech and incoherent speech.

Offer Safe-Rides – Whether it is providing taxi company numbers or having a designated driver available, make sure no one leaves the party to drive impaired.

How to be safe at a Labor Day event


Decide beforehand who will be the designated driver. Make a pact with your friends that someone will call the Police. While this may be hard to do, it will help deter anyone from leaving the party drunk.


Leave Early – Statistics show that the highest percentage of drunk drivers, are on the road between 12:30 and 3:00 AM.


Be extremely cautious and observant when driving, even if it is early.


Remember that many people begin drinking early at office holiday celebrations.


If you have too much to drink and/or do not feel comfortable with your designated driver, call a taxi or ask the host to help you identify a safe, sober ride home.


Designated driver program


A designated driver is a person in a group of two or more drinking age adults who

agrees not to drink any alcoholic beverages and to safely transport the other

group members home.


If it is a large group, more than one Designated Driver may be needed.

Designated Drivers should not drink any alcoholic beverages and are therefore

never the person least drunk.


Designated Drivers are also important if someone is taking medication that

makes them drowsy or otherwise impaired.


When you use the Designated Driver Program, this does not mean that you

should drink beyond control, you too need to be responsible.


Tips for celebrating safely – IF YOU CHOOSE TO DRINK


1. Eat before and during drinking.

2. Before you celebrate, designate; identify a responsible driver or use public transportation.

3. Don’t chug your drinks; drink slowly and make your drinks last.

4. Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

5. Remember the word HALT, don’t drink if you’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or tired.

6. Drink responsibly, stay in control of your-self.

7. Remember, it’s ALWAYS ok NOT to drink.


FACT – the loss of lives to impaired driving is completely preventable. There are alternatives.


For additional information contact the ASAP office at 245-4576.


From the Army Center for Substance Abuse Program and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Prayer breakfast to remember, reflect on 9/11

Aug. 26, 2016 -- Carlisle Barracks will host a wide range of community members for the CBMC group’s 2ndannual 9/11 community prayer breakfast, featuring a “first responder” to the crisis at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

On Friday, Sep. 9, from 6 and 9 a.m. at the LVCC, the event includes guest speaker David Karnes, at 7 a.m., who will offer an inspirational message about finding meaning in that fateful day and the months that followed.   Sponsored by the Christian Business Men’s Connection of Carlisle, this event is open to all interested parties, civilian and military. There is a fee. POC to RSVP or to learn more:  John Hoberle, at 

Karnes, now a manager with Deloitte Consulting was a former Marine on 9/11 when he left his Wilton, Conn. office and drove to the site of the World Trade Center to offer his assistance. Of the few survivors to be rescued from the rubble of the site were police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin – located and helped to rescue by Karnes and another Marine, Jason Thomas.  Following the incident, Karnes reenlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and deployed twice to Iraq during the next 17 months, according to Slate News.

Participants in the 9/11 prayer breakfast will join the Army War College/ Carlisle Barracks Patriot Day Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the U.S. flag in front of Root Hall, recognizing both first responders and the men and women of military forces around the globe who have responded in one way or another to the events of 9/11.  

By Jason McLendon, IMCOM Provost Marshal/Protection Office
Antiterrorism efforts are everyone’s responsibility, always

As Antiterrorism (AT) Awareness Month winds to a close, it’s important to remember that vigilance is required year-round to protect ourselves from the global threat of terrorism.

“The awareness month program presented an opportunity to highlight the seriousness of this important topic given today’s threat environment,” said HQ IMCOM Protection Branch Chief Mr. Dale Roth. “But it is always important to take extraordinary action to increase awareness across our Army communities worldwide, all year long.”

“The only way to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover collectively and as individuals when faced with a hostile situation is to know what to watch for, and how to respond,” Roth explained.

“Our personnel must remain mindful of the potential circumstances that could develop,” Roth said, “placing them as a target of opportunity or consequential victim of a terrorist attack.”

Multiple attacks over the past year in both our homeland and abroad have resulted in increased force protection actions on our installations, but there still remains a need to remain vigilant and maintain an ever increasing awareness of activities around us. 

Threats may range from local criminal activity and insider threat actions to violent terrorists and radicalized active shooters to breaches in our security through the use of unmanned aerial systems or cyber-attacks.  As these threats continue, so must our vigilance, to include maintaining a keen awareness and understanding of actions to take when observing and responding to these activities.

As individuals and units, we must synchronize awareness efforts to avoid circumstances that could increase risk of becoming a target. For example, become current on all required antiterrorism and active shooter training, rehearse individual and collective response options, maintain high vigilance and awareness, and know when and how to report any suspicious activity.

“It is imperative that not only leaders but all Army personnel participate in AT Awareness activities year-round,” Roth said. “We must be consistent in reinforcing the importance of protecting our Army communities against this ever-evolving and persistent terrorist threat.”

The online antiterrorism class at is not limited to uniformed personnel, and there is a "non-CAC holders" link on the training home page. Roth encourages spouses to take the class, and for parents to discuss what they've learned with children in an age-appropriate manner.

"Keeping us safe is everyone's responsibility," he said. "Year round."

 For more information and resources such as online training for both uniformed and civilian personnel plus family members, search for iWATCH online, or go to to take the Level I Antiterrorism class.

Carlisle Barracks hosts outdoor movie


More than 150 Carlisle Barracks residents, families and members of the local community gathered in Indian Field Aug. 19 for a special outdoor showing of “Jim Thorpe: All American.”

The annual tradition serves as an opportunity for new students and their families to learn about Thorpe, one of the most famous athletes of the 20thCentury, and his time here as a student at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Thorpe, along with his teammates and coach “Pop” Warner, formed one of the most dominant football programs of the 1900’s. The team even beat the dominant Army Football team, led by future U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.

The film, sponsored by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army and Army Heritage Center Foundation, serves as the kick-off to the Army War College Strategic Art Film Program.

Robert Martin, USAWC public Affairs Office
Resilience message: Change your mindset, change your world

Foster a ‘growth mindset’ in other people – and yourself

How do some individuals grow through adversity while others succumb to it? What distinguishes a top performer from an average performer? An Army performance and resileince expert asked the student body to consider these questions as she introduced them to insights about a resilient mindset.

Master resilience trainer-Performance Expert Amy Lord led an executive resilience and performance development session for the USAWC class of 2017 here, Aug. 11. The timing, in the first week of the academic year, put a spotlight on their responsibilities for resilience, as individuals and as resilience mentors for their organizations.

Amy Lord of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness Program talks with students and faculty about how to improve their own resilience during her visit to the Army War College, Bliss Hall, Aug 11.

Most of the time it all comes down to attitude and the use of an ordinary set of skills, a mindset and a way of approaching what is trying to be accomplished, said Lord, who applies both education and more than 20 years’ application in sports and performance psychology. She is one of the few level-4 master resilience trainers, certified by the Army G1 and the University of Pennsylvania.

There are two mindsets, a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, she said.

“In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities like their ability, talent, and skills are fixed traits,” Lord said. “In a growth mindset, individuals believe in the same abilities, talent and skills but that these traits can be developed to make them better.”

“When you find yourself in a fixed mindset, you need to recognize it, challenge it, and start sending yourself a different message,” she said. “A growth mindset can be improved through education and deliberate practice. People with this mindset are not discouraged by failure, but see themselves learning from these situations,” she said.

She recommended that leaders and managers tailor feedback to be process-oriented. “It should be about their strategy, about their effort -- the things that individuals can control,” Lord said. “When you praise people for something they can control – their effort, their persistence, their strategy -- you are giving them feedback on how to get better or how to replicate successes."

“This is what enables and fosters a growth mindset in other people.”

She reminded them that resilience is a habit to be developed continuously.

Over the next year, you will all experience something new, something uncomfortable, she said. “You may find yourself saying: ‘This is not in my wheelhouse. This is something I have not been really good at.’ I challenge you to challenge your own fixed mindset and -- if it’s important to you, go for it and try to develop a growth mindset,” she said.

Amy Lord of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness Program explains how mind-body activation impacts performance to the class of 2017 during her presentation at Bliss Hall, Aug. 11.

Lord was accompanied by Bob Boham, CSF2 Training Center Manager at Fort Gordon,  who described the range of classes, web products, and other resources available within the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign. “Resilience and performance training is becoming integrated across the Army lifecycle, from recruitment to training, development and transition,” he said. “It focuses on giving Soldiers and civilians more tools to help cope with complicated situations and makes them more resilient.”

Among the resilience tools available is the Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program’s self-development and training online. For example, the Global Assessment Tool is a survey that individuals can use to confidentially assess their strength in five dimensions: social, emotional, spiritual, family and physical. Family members and Department of Army civilians can also take the GAT, which has questions tailored just for them, at

‘Sojourner Truth’ reminds community about women’s equality

A New York lawyer and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, “Battling” Bella Abzug famously pressed Congress in 1971 to designate August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” Now, 45 years after Abzug’s successful campaign, and 96 years after the passage of the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote, we here at the U.S. Army War College will pause to observe Women’s Equality Day at an event hosted by the Army Heritage and Education Center Friday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m.

The Women’s Equality Day event is free and open to the public, and the Cumberland Café will be open for those who wish to combine the event with a late lunch.

During the event Dr. Daisy Nelson Century will present a living history portrayal of Sojourner Truth. Truth was a former slave, anti-slavery speaker and early proponent of women’s rights. Her ideals and aspirations helped develop the principles by which women gained not only the right to vote, but also the freedoms and equality to be “all they could be” in all walks of life, according to the Army Heritage and Education Center, the event sponsor.

“I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ar’n’t I a woman?” asked Sojourner Truth at the 1851 Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio. “I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ar’n’t I a woman?”

The Army honors the achievements of women like Truth throughout our nation’s history, by guaranteeing all Soldiers, regardless of their sex, color or creed, have the opportunity to take advantage of their potential, and are positioned to fill vital roles within the military such as commanders, doctors, lawyers, engineers, mechanics, aviator, special operators, technologists and, now, combat troops all committed to the freedom and security of our nation.

Business suits: they’re uniforms not just fashion

If you’ve worn an issued uniform to work every day for twenty years, fashion might not have been your primary concern each day. However, upon entering the strategic world in which counterparts are not wearing an issued ensemble, you’ll need to shift focus, slightly, to your outward appearance.

Master tailor and image consultant Rita Gworek gave senior military officers a dose of business fashion advice during a presentation to USAWC Thursday Aug. 18, 2016. 

Military members have always taken great pride in the appearance of uniforms, and that pride should carry over into the offices and conference rooms that await in the Army War College students’ futures, she said.

Rita Gworek,  master tailor and image consultant, shows a USAWC student the proper way to wear a suit coat, bottom button never buttoned, during a presentation in Bliss Hall on Aug. 18, 2016.

“It helped the audience realize business attire is actually a uniform,” said Christina Daily, who organized the event. “I think that really resonated with them, and some had an ‘ah ha’ moment and thought, ‘that’s right, it is a uniform.’”


Gworek made three key points for men.

1)  The fit of your clothing is more important than the cost. Simply put, if your clothing doesn’t fit correctly it doesn’t matter how nice or expensive the suit: it won’t look good unless it fits properly. An investment in tailoring will pay off.

2)  The colors you choose say a lot about your “rank” in an office setting. As strategic thinkers, blue or gray suits should be your choice with a white shirt and either a red or blue tie, she suggested. Again, the fit is important. Your tie should not be wider or thinner than the lapel of your jacket.

3)  Pay attention to the dress code for the setting you’re walking into, and remember it’s easier to dress down than it is to dress up. Always wear a tie with a collared shirt; if the situation doesn’t call for a tie, you can always remove it. The tie’s design should incorporate the color of your pants, she noted.  

Women in the audience would have noticed that the “rules” are more flexible, as  women’s fashion can vary from quarter to quarter, but Gworek encouraged the ladies  to mirror the men as best they can, minus the tie.

“I thought it was great,” said Francy Mueller of Arkansas City, Kansas. “I learned a lot. I didn’t know about the tie matching the pants, and the width of the tie matching the lapel for the men.”

The business dress program is a popular annual element of the USAWC Military Family Program, which tailors its programs and workshops to prepare senior military officers, civilian leaders, and spouses for the anticipated demands of senior-level assignments. Rita Gworek is the founder of ImagebyRita.

Commissary hosts healthy living festival

Recently staff from the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic and the Carlisle Barracks Wellness Center took part in the Carlisle Barracks Healthy Living Festival at the Commissary.  Commissary shoppers were provided delicious and “healthy” recipes and walked away with information regarding healthy snacks, diabetes, women’s health issues and much more. The Wellness Center handed out free pedometers and recruited many new patrons to participate in the center’s services designed to build and sustain good health, while improving the overall healthy lifestyles of Soldiers, family members, retirees, and Department of the Army civilians. 

For more about the Wellness Center visit

Ashburn Drive gate closed Sept. 3-5

The Ashburn Drive Gate will be CLOSED Sept. 3-5 for the Labor Day Holiday. All traffic must use the Claremont Road gate for entry/exit. The gate will reopen to traffic Sept. 6.

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month 

Rules DoD employees should know this political season

I’m sure you’ve all seen political posts in full effect on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat recently. The opinions are just going to get louder, too, before the election this November.

As members of the Defense Department, we have a responsibility to be smart about what we post, as well as how we participate in political activity and how we support political campaigns. DoD employees are limited to certain political activities under the Hatch Act, which is meant to protect employees from political coercion at work, as well as make sure employees move up in their careers based on their merit, not political affiliation.

So for those who are politically active, here’s a refresher of what limitations you need to be aware of:

Service Members

Political Activity:
Active-duty service members (in and out of uniform) aren’t allowed to engage in partisan political activities, meaning no campaigning for candidates, joining in on fundraising activities, serving as an officer in a partisan club or speaking at a partisan gathering. All military personnel are also supposed to avoid implying or appearing to imply that any of their political activities are endorsed or sponsored by the DoD.

However, when out of uniform, service members are allowed to express their personal political opinions, donate money to campaigns or organizations and attend political events as a spectator. But again, that’s out of uniform — not in it. Here are more specifics on the rules.

Social Media:

You are allowed to express your personal views and politics via your own social media platforms, but when you’re doing that, and you’ve been identified as a DoD employee on that platform, make sure it’s clear that the views you’re expressing are your own, NOT the DoD’s.

While you’re allowed to “follow,” “friend” and “like” a party or candidate, you’re not allowed to share or retweet information posted to that corresponding social media page. You’re not supposed to post links to that page’s content, either. It’s considered participating in political activities.

Always remember – don’t violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice or service regulations. That means don’t show contempt for public officials, post unprofessional material or release sensitive information.

More Guidance for Service Members

DoD Civilians

Political Activity:
While on duty or in a federal building, DoD civilian employees are not allowed to engage in political activities such as sending or forwarding political emails or posting political messages to social media accounts, even from your own devices. Don’t ever use government equipment for those activities, either.

However, when it comes to what you can do politically, there are basically two groups of civilians: Further restricted employees and less restricted employees.

Further restricted employees include:

  • Those appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate
  • Those serving in non-career senior executive service (SES) positions
  • Career members of the SES
  • Contract appeals board members
  • Employees of the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency

The above people are prohibited from participating in political activity, especially any that’s sponsored or supported by a party, political group or candidate up for election. You also can’t solicit or receive political contributions. However, further restricted employees can make monetary contributions, express personal opinions and attend campaign events or fundraisers sponsored by a candidate – they just can’t actively participate.

Less restricted employees include:

These people can volunteer with a political campaign or organization on their personal time. That includes organizing rallies or meetings, making calls on behalf of a candidate, serving as a delegate to a party convention and working for a party to get out the vote on Election Day. Less restricted employees still cannot solicit or receive political contributions, though.

Social Media:
Like the social media rules for service members, DoD civilians are allowed to express personal views and politics via their own social media platforms, but they have to make it clear that the views they’re expressing are personal and not the DoD’s.

Since further restricted employees (as listed above) aren’t allowed to be part of partisan political activity, they also can’t share or retweet information posted to the social media page of a party or candidate. They can’t post links from a party or candidate’s account, either, but they can “follow,” “friend” or “like” them.

To get more specifics on how to avoid violating the rules, click here.

Commandant, CSM to host the 2016 SHARP Leadership Summit

The USAWC Command Team will lead the SHARP Leadership Summit, Monday, Aug. 29, in Bliss Hall in two sessions:

  • AM:  9  to 11:30 a.m. for all GS09 civilian/ Sergeants 1stClass/ captains and above;
  • PM:  1 to 4 p.m. for all GS12 civilians and above/ colonels/ all students and faculty.

Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp and Command Sgt. Major Christopher Martinez will convene the 2ndannual SHARP summit for Army War College leaders as the foundation for leaders to gain the knowledge and learn from researchers, policy advocates, and first person experiences about the challenges needed to eliminate sexual assault and harassment within the Armed Forces.

Dr. Alan Berkowitz (right) moderates the personal experience panel during the commandant’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Summit at last years summit


The Aug. 29 summit morning sessionwill introduce the insights of Lauara Crawford and Ruth Moore. Crawford is the Chief of policy and oversight with the Department of the Army's Sexual Harrassment/Assualt Response and Prevention Program Office.  Moore is the director of Business Development & Admissions at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.  She is also the Head of Diversity and Inclusion and is the Community Liaison for PPI.

The summit afternoon session, incorporating USAWC students, has scheduled a presentation by Russell W. Strand and a survivor panel. Strand is an independent consultant, presenter, and educator. He is a retired U.S. Army CID Federal Senior Special Agent and retired Chief, Behavioral Sciences Education & Training Division for the U.S. Army Military Police School. The survivor panel offers a personalized view of the necessary prevention efforts, impact, and aftermath of sexual assault. 

The summit signals the command’s commitment to eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment through a comprehensive Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Campaign Plan. The Army’s goal is a culture of dignity and respect that results in positive command climates in which the behaviors and attitudes that lead to sexual offenses are rare and victims feel safe in reporting, free from retaliation.

For more understanding, go to contact Gina Beck or Mia Gillens in the SHARP office at (717) 245-4925.

Students prepare for future by researching past at USAHEC

Perhaps passed down through generations, or found long resting in attics and basements, many military relics have lost their story, and the history associated with them is lost to time. Luckily for some, the Army Heritage and Education Center will open its doors to the public at the Mysteries in Military History Day and offer insight to the background of many these items on Saturday August 20, 2016.

If expert advice is what you seek, it can always be found by USAWC students, their families and the general public for free at the Army War College’s Army Heritage and Education Center, which is only a short trip around the corner from the garrison’s main gate. 

The Ridgway Hall Library, for example, offers students and the public alike a chance to read, review and research a variety of historical references, oral histories and rare books.

One of the many gems located in the treasure-trove, which is the Army Heritage and Education Center’s library, is an original copy of a Lewis and Clark Expedition journal, which sits alongside volumes and volumes of rare finds from the original War Department library.

“The Library provides research support for topics such as geopolitics, economics, strategic leadership, and military history and strategy, and has two locations, one in the lower level of Root Hall and also one in the Army Heritage and Education Center,” said Greta Braungard, the acting chief of the library division.

“It’s rewarding to provide our expertise and skills to visitors, and we encourage both students and their families to visit both locations of our library, as we have a treasure trove of discoveries to be made, that can be applied to academics and research, or just for fun,” said Braungard. “We are excited to meet and get to know our new students and their families.”

Over the course of the academic year the library also offers students help with their research projects by offering ‘bring your strategic research project topic’ appointments to the student body, which help locate resources for the student’s projects. Signups with the research staff for these tailored appointments will begin in mid-September.

The library offers students and researchers access to a unique collection of oral histories and stories collected from senior leaders in the Army’s history. The senior officer oral history program was started in 1970 by Gen. Westmoreland, and now includes many Senior Army leaders, former Chiefs of Staff and Vice Chiefs of Staff, such as Gen. Dennis J. Reimer, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf and Maj. Gen. Karol A. Kennedy.

“You really get a broad sense of what these general officers went through, from being a child, to a general officer. It covers also what they’re doing today. These interviews are biographical in nature, so they really are comprehensive,” said Brent Bankus, the Chief or the Oral History Branch of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education’s Military History Institute.

The library also boasts an extensive written and oral history collection submitted by our nation’s veterans. Many of the collection’s histories date back to the Spanish American War, and continues to grow as veterans of current operations submit their stories as well. 

In addition the Army Heritage and Education Center hosts many unique events throughout the year. The Mysteries in Military History Day for example will be held on Aug. 20, the Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26 and the Army Heritage Days will take place in May.

Fun for the whole family found at USAHEC

The Army Heritage and Education Center hosts a wide variety of unique events and historical presentations to both entertain and educate visitors. From the Army Heritage Trail to the Army Soldier Experience Gallery, the Army Heritage and Education Center has something to suit the interest of almost anyone.

Perhaps its most prominent feature, the Army Heritage Trail can be seen as you drive along Interstate 81. The trail, which is circular a mile, represents almost every major conflict in U.S. Army history through exhibits and displays made to appear as they might in their proper time periods.

The trail starts with the French and Indian War and continues through representations of current operations. Display highlights include a WWI Trench, Civil War Cabins and a UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter.

Kids enjoy exploring the WWII site and the American Revolutionary War Era Redoubt. Adults enjoy morning runs along its scenic path, said Lindsey Strehl, of AHEC Outreach and Programs.

Inside the Visitors and Education Center adults and kids alike enjoy the Soldier Experience Gallery, another interactive attraction.

“The trail used to be the children’s favorite, because you can run around, climb up over the trenches and protect the pillbox. Children love that hands-on feeling, but when we opened the Soldiers Experience Gallery and added all the bells and whistles that is now the children’s favorite.” Strehl said who noted the indoor simulated marksmanship range is always popular.

Special events entertain and educate students and public alike

Mysteries in Military History is open to the public and admission is free. If you plan to attend and wish to bring a firearm for the experts to examine, however, you must call 717-245-4427 prior to arriving at the event and speak to Army Heritage and Education Center personnel who will direct you as to how you should present the firearm upon arrival.

On Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day, the Army Heritage and Education Center will welcome Dr. Daisy Nelson Century as she presents a portrayal of Sojourner Truth an escaped slave and early proponent of the Women’s Rights Movement.

“We support the Army, we support the war college, veterans, the public, military historians, researchers and education groups. We offer a huge breadth of information and programs to cover all of these ….”

“Our mission is the history of the Army, so we have every time period, every topic, and are still collecting,” said Strehl.

Lear more about the library and special programs at: phone: 717-245-3972 the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, is at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA, which is easily accessible from interstate 81.

Summer Sense Campaign: second hand smoke dangers

More than 58 million nonsmokers in the United States are still exposed to secondhand smoke, even though cigarette smoking rates are dropping and many states prohibit smoking in public places such as worksites, restaurants, and bars. In all, about 1 of every 4 nonsmokers is exposed to the dangerous chemicals in secondhand smoke.

Young children and African-Americans are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than many other population groups.

  • 2 in 5 children (aged 3 to 11 years), including 7 in 10 Black children (aged 3 to 11 years), are exposed, as are
  • Nearly half of all Black nonsmokers.

Breathing secondhand smoke is also more common for renters and people at lower income levels, including:

  • 2 in 5 people who live in poverty
  • More than 1 in 3 people who live in rental housing

Secondhand smoke exposure occurs when nonsmokers breathe in tobacco smoke exhaled by smokers or when they breathe the smoke from burning tobacco products. The Environmental Protection Agencyhas classified secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen—an agent that is known to cause cancer in humans—and the Surgeon General has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke contains dangerous chemicals that can damage the lungs and heart. It is known to cause heart disease and cancer in adult nonsmokers, and even brief exposure can trigger a heart attack or stroke. Secondhand smoke can also cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory infections, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. Every year, exposure to secondhand smoke causes:

  • 41,000 adult nonsmokers to die from heart disease or lung cancer
  • 400 infants to die from SIDS

Nathan, a lifetime nonsmoker who participated in CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, died at age 54 after years of secondhand smoke exposure where he worked. More than two and a half million nonsmokers have died from exposure to secondhand smoke since 1964.

Smokefree Laws Save Lives, But Many Not Protected

In the last 25 years, 700 cities and 26 states plus the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive laws to protect nonsmokers by prohibiting smoking in indoor workplaces, restaurants, and bars. These local and state laws currently cover about half of the U.S. population and have helped reduce the number of people who are exposed to secondhand smoke.

In buildings without restrictions, smoke from common areas or other units where smoking occurs can seep into smokefree units!

Home Exposure Still a Problem

Even though more than 4 of every 5 households in the United States have adopted smokefree rules, secondhand smoke exposure in the home is still a serious problem. The home remains the major source of secondhand smoke exposure for children. The Surgeon General has indicated that making indoor spaces smokefree is the only way to provide nonsmokers with complete protection from secondhand smoke.

Limiting smoking to specific rooms, opening a window, or using air fresheners or fans is not enough to fully protect individuals in the home, including those who live in multiunit housing such as apartments, condos, and government-funded housing. Many people who live in public housing are especially affected by secondhand smoke, including the elderly, children, and people with disabilities. A few cities have passed laws restricting smoking in multiunit housing and several hundred housing authorities have adopted smokefree policies. However, in buildings without restrictions, smoke from common areas or other units where smoking occurs can seep into smokefree units.

What's the Solution?

There are many ways to protect people from secondhand smoke exposure.

Parentscan ensure their homes and vehicles are smokefree and keep their children away from public places where smoking is allowed. In this video, Jessica, another participant in the Tips From Former Smokers campaign, advises parents on protecting their children from secondhand smoke exposure.

Housing authorities and landlordscan make their properties—especially multiunit buildings—smokefree to protect the health of all residents. For example, all 20 public housing authorities in Maine have made their buildings smokefree.

Cities and statescan pass smokefree laws to protect nonsmokers in all indoor workplaces, restaurants, bars, and casinos, and can work to increase availability of smokefree multiunit housing. In California, 15 counties and cities [707KB]have passed ordinances restricting smoking in multiunit housing.
By working together, individuals and communities can eliminate the serious health hazards for nonsmokers that can result from exposure to secondhand smoke.


Information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Army Substance Abuse Program 245 – 4576.


Robert Martin, USAWC Public Affairs Office
Strategic art film program, lessons learned from classic films

Have you ever watched a commercial movie based on history, and wondered about the rest of the story:  Which parts are true? What’s the historical context? What happened after the high drama moments of the movie?  Volunteer USAWC faculty members offer insights and lead discussions for the classic films of the Strategic Film Series offered throughout the year.

A series of classical films, addressing strategic and operational themes, are scheduled to be shown – and illuminated with historical setting -- throughout the academic year usually on Tuesday evenings, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., in Wil Waschoe Auditorium. These free, informal viewings are open to all students, faculty, and staff. 

“Movies, like case studies, can be an effective way to educate the military practitioner in the operational art,” said Richard Lacquement, dean of the School for Strategic Landpower. “Clausewitz stated that in regard to education, theory and reality must be reconciled, and using movies to accomplish this reconciliation is viewed as an effective venue to do so,” he said.

The purpose of this program is to offer students context and insight into selected episodes in the evolution of warfare from antiquity to the present. The refreshments coordinated by members of AUSA is an extra benefit.

“This year we are asking the International Fellows office to participate in a much more active way than in previous years,” said retired faculty member Scott Buran.  “Last year we incorporated the Vietnamese IF to participate in the moderation of the film ‘Dien Bien Phu.’ His perspective regarding the battle and the discussion offered was superb.”

“We realized that incorporating our international colleagues into the moderation could only enhance the film program,” said Buran.

“We make a point of selecting films that complement the curriculum,” said Buran. There are a significant number of influential, important, and milestone war films throughout cinematic history, he said. “For example, ‘Eye in the Sky’ will be shown when the students are studying ethics in the DCLM leadership curriculum” he said

Another film, the 'Pentagon Wars', is a great fit with studies in the Defense Management course where students learn about force development, resource management and strategic requirements to name a few. "The film is a comedy and a parody on the government procurement system," said Fred Gellert, Professor of Resource Management. "We use the film as a vehicle to discuss the reality of the weapons procurement system using the history of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. It is a fascinating case study in leadership and management,” he said.

The Association of the U.S. Army supports the USAHEC program which is open to all students, staff, faculty, and retirees. They coordinate the refreshments that add to the camaraderie of the evening.

Retired Col. Jerry Comello, a former faculty member of DMSPO and current president of the CB&CV Chapter of AUSA is the man behind the idea, said Buran. “With each passing year the program continues to evolve and become more relevant as it pertains to the curriculum and real world events,” he said.

The following list shows what movies are going to be offered in academic year 2017.  Watch for emails about the link between the film and the curriculum.


Date                            Film                                                               Moderator     

Mon, 22 Aug             Live in Baghdad                                             Carol Kerr     

Tu, 30 Aug                Waterloo                                                        Dr. Lacquement      

Tu, 6 Sep                  Thirteen Days                                                Jef Troxell     

Tu, 13 Sep                Caesar at Alesia                                            John Bonin  

Mon, 19 Sep              Gettysburg                                                    Chris Keller

Tu, 27 Sep                 Eye in the Sky                                               John Kallerson        

We, 5 Oct                   Court Martial of Billy Mitchell                         Andrew Hill  

Tu, 11 Oct                  Ike: Countdown to D-Day                              G.K. Cunningham

Tu, 18 Oct                  Paris 1919                                                     Ray Millen    

Tu, 25 Oct                 Too Big To Fail                                              Col. Beckert

Tu, 1 Nov                   The Path to War                                            Frank Jones

Tu, 8 Nov                   SGT York                                                       Col. Mastriano

Tu, 15 Nov                 The Gate Keepers                                         Larry Goodson         

Tu, 6 Dec                   MacArthur                                                      Don Boose   

Tu, 13 Dec                 Bastogne/Band of Brothers                          Jim DiCrocco           

We, 14 Dec                Breaking Point/Band of Brothers                   Col. Crean    

Thu, 5 Jan                  Man Who Never Was                                    TBD

Tu, 10 Jan                  Sand Pebbles                                               G.K. Cunningham  

Tu, 17 Jan                  Dien Bien Phu                                               Jim DiCrocco           

Tu, 24 Jan                  Tora, Tora, Tora                                           Al Lord          

Tu, 31 Jan                  Midway                                                          Al Lord          

Tu, 7 Feb                    Teahouse of the August Moon                     Dwight Raymond    

Tu, 14 Feb                  A Bridge Too Far                                          Karl Bopp     

Tu, 21 Feb                  Pentagon Wars                                             Fred Gellert

Tu, 28 Feb                  We Were Soldiers                                         Col. Crean    

Tu, 7 Mar                    The Big Short                                                Col. Beckert

Tu, 14 Mar                  Battle of Britain                                              Lynn Scheel

Tu, 21 Mar                  Merrill’s Marauders                                       Jim DiCrocco           

Tu, 28 Mar                  Fog of War                                                    Karl Bopp     

Mon, 3 Apr                  A War                                                            IF -- Denmark           

Tu, 11 Apr                   Argo                                                             TBD   

Tu, 18 Apr                   TBD                                                              Holly Mayer  

Tu, 25 Apr                   Conspiracy                                                    Ray Millen    

Tu, 2 May                   Tunes of Glory                                              Jim Shufelt   

Mon, 8 May                 Ride with the Devil                                        Chris Keller  

Tu, 16 May                 Andersons Platoon or Patton                        Jim DiCrocco &

        Jim Shufelt   

Tu, 23 May                Pork Chop Hill                                                Don Boose   

Find out how to better manage stress, time

Looking for ways to manage stress and better manage your time? Then you should come to Wil Waschoe Auditorium in Root Hall on Friday, Aug. 19 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 pm for a presentation by Dr. Michelle Arbitell, from Dunham Clinic’s Behavioral Health Department.

Pool hours changing, ‘Doggie Dip’ caps off summer

With many schools back in session, the Carlisle Barracks Splash Zone Pool will have different hours beginning Monday, Aug. 22. The pool hours will be 4-7 p.m on weekdays and 12-7 p.m. on weekends, including Labor Day.

“Doggie Dip” set for Sept. 8

To close out the swimming season, Carlisle Barracks will host a “doggie dip and yappy hour” on Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m. The free event is held rain or shine and the Tiki Bar will be open 4-10 p.m. with drink specials. For more information visit

Summer Sense Campaign – 101 Days of Summer Safety
A guide to hookahs, latest research

What is a hookah?

A hookah is a type of waterpipe that allows the user to smoke flavored tobacco, by passing the smoke through a water basin before inhaling.

How a hookah works

  • The user inhales and this pull of air fuels the coals.
  • The tobacco heats up, and smoke is created and pulled down the stem.
  • Another air valve brings air into the hookah and pushes the smoke through the water at the base.
  • Smoke leaves the water and travels through the top of the base into the hose.


Facts about Hookahs

  • Smoking through water does not filter out cancer-causing chemicals. Water filled smoke can damage the body as much as cigarette smoke.
  • In a 60 minute Hookah smoking session, smokers are exposed to 100-200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.
  • Sharing the mouthpiece increases the risk of spreading colds, flus and even oral herpes.
  • Hanging out in a Hookah bar you are still exposed to 2nd and 3rd hand smoke.


Health effects of hookahs

  • High levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals are produced by the charcoal (used to heat the tobacco).
  • The smoke from a hookah has high levels of these toxic agents, even after it has passed through water.
  • Hookah tobacco and smoke can cause lung, bladder, and oral cancers.
  • Tobacco juices from hookahs irritate the mouth and increase the risk of developing oral cancers. ("CDC, " 2013)


Research – Adolescents

  • Hookah smoking among adolescents is a growing concern.
  • A growing number of published studies indicate that hookah smoking is popular among youth and young adults, particularly among college students, with use rates ranging between 20% and 40%, depending on sample characteristics.
  • An association among hookah tobacco use and other substance use behaviors has also been documented.
  • Hookah smoking increases the risk of nicotine dependency. (Sterling & Mermelstein, 2011)


For additional information contact Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program at 245 – 4576.

Information provided by: Janie Burley, Masters Student from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.S. Public Health Education, C.H.E.S. Intern – Chattanooga – Hamilton County Health Department.

Resource provided by Rubin Ramirez from Corpus Christi Army Depot.



Seminars battle during annual Boat Yard War

The focus of the U.S. Army War College may be advancing knowledge in the global application of landpower, but for one evening at the beginning of every new school year, naval superiority becomes the desire of every student and the goal of every seminar.

An admittedly lighthearted exercise, which aims to build bonds between the students and encourage teamwork within the seminars, the Army War College’s annual Boat Yard War was fought and won in the Splash Zone Pool on the evening of Aug. 12, 2016.

“This is a great team bonding experience. I loved every moment of it, because we did everything together, we planned together, we drew together and we built the boat together. It was amazing,” said Chris Hernandez of the Blue Star Seminar. 

The Blue Star Seminar is the name given to the group of spouses of Army War College personnel currently deployed in support of global operations.

The results of building boats from cardboard, duct tape, and racing them across the Splash Zone Pool are as hilarious as they are predictable. Seminar 7 and Seminar 18 would face off in the pool for one last race and bragging rights to this year’s Boat Yard War.

In the end it was Seminar 18 who would emerge victorious from the pool and claim their place on the trophy, but it was every student in every seminar who learned something about themselves and something about the men and women whom they will be spending the next year working alongside.

‘Welcome Jams’ help kids make friends, learn about new community

Middle School youth take advantage of the games in the Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center on Carlisle Barracks during their "Welcome Jam" Aug. 3.

Kids of all ages were able to make new friends before school starts and learn more about their new community during a series of welcome events earlier this month. “Welcome Jams,” were held for kids over a three-night period, with one held for elementary, middle and high school students at the pool pavilion and the McConnell Youth Center, the home of the post’s award-winning youth program.

At each of the events, games, music and a more helped the kids relax and make new friends. High school age youth took part in a post-wide scavenger hunt that helped introduce them to the many programs and opportunities they can take advantage of during their year here.   


 Kristy Cormier, a school liaison officer here, explains the rules of the scavenger hunt during the welcome event for high school students.   

For more photos visit and for more on the family programs here visit

Summer Sense - E-Cigarettes  

How an e-cigarette works

  • E-cigarette contains a replaceable inhaler cartridge containing vegetable glycerin and/or polyethylene glycol, flavoring and nicotine.
  • On inhalation, a sensor triggers the vaporizer which heats a small amount of the liquid.
  • The liquid turns into a vapor and is drawn into the user’s mouth.
  • This is also known as “vaping”.


Are e-cigarettes (vaping) safe?

  • E-cigarettes, like traditional cigarettes contains the addictive and poisonous nicotine component.
  • Propylene Glycol used in the preparation of the nicotine solution for E-cigarettes is listed as a suspected respiratory toxicant.
  • Manufacturers and distributors mislead the public into believing they are an alternative to scientifically proven cessation techniques.
  • Dosage, manufacture and ingredients are not consistent or clearly labelled, which means unknownamounts of nicotine are delivered to the user.
  • May produce fewer dangerous substances than conventional cigarettes, but lack of testing prevents their safety from being established. Coulson, 2009), (WMA, 2012)


Adverse Events – FDA summary

  • Hospitalization for illnesses such as pneumonia and congestive heart failure.
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
  • Disorientation, seizures, and hypotension.
  • Second-degree burns to the face (product exploded in consumer’s mouth while driving and during routine use).
  • High potential of toxic exposure to nicotine by children and pets from refill cartridges either from ingestion or dermal absorption.

(Chen, 2013), (WMA, 2012)



Research- Adolescents

  • E-cigarette use more than doubled among U.S. middle and high school students from 2011-2012.
  • "The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling," said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  "Nicotine is a highly addictive drug.  Many teens who start with e-cigarettes may be condemned to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine and conventional cigarettes.” ("CDC," 2013)

Research – Regulation

  • More research is needed on the cost-benefit equation of these products and the appropriate level and type of regulation for them.
  • Most smokers use these products to try to quit and their use appears to enhance quitting motivation. (Wagener, Siegel & Borrelli, 2012)
  • Regulatory and behavioral interventions are needed to prevent “gateway” use by adolescent nonsmokers.
  • Campaigns promoting negative images of smokers or FDA bans on sales to youth may help deter use. (Pepper et al., 2013)


Policy update

Why regulate E-cigarettes?

  • Reduce youth initiation to nicotine and tobacco products
  • Protect the health of all users and non-users
  • Preserve safe indoor air quality



  • Regulate sale
  • Regulate marketing
  • Regulate use

Policy Elements:

  • Clear definitions & concise language
  • Robust enforcement of policies
  • Well planned implementation process (Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, 2011
  • For additional information contact Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program at 245 - 4576


A guide to E-CIGARETTES, and the latest research. Information provided by: Janie Burley, Masters Student from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.S. Public Health Education, C.H.E.S.

Intern – Chattanooga – Hamilton County Health Department. Resource provided by Rubin Ramirez from Corpus Christi Army Depot.


General Election season is fast approaching

WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- This election season, many Soldiers will face the same crucial question, and it's not necessarily the one you think. It's not, "Who do I vote for?" It's "Can I vote?"

In 2014, 69 percent of the active-duty Army was registered to vote, compared to 65 percent of the civilian population, according to a 2014 Federal Voting Assistance Program report to Congress. But when it actually came to voting in the 2014 election, only about 20 percent of active-duty Soldiers did, compared to 42 percent of the general population.

This election season, the Army is making sure that, for Soldiers who do choose to take advantage of the freedom they signed up to defend, the answer is always, "yes." They can cast a vote from wherever they are.

For information tailored for military voters visit

USAWC School, Centers, and Institutes (including all Resident Students and their Family members):
LTC Michael Adelberg, (717) 961-2022,
Bldg 47 Rm 125 

Dunham Army Health Clinic:
SSG Jared Chumley
Bldg 450 / Rm 605, (717) 245-3756,

Carlisle Barracks Employees:
Elton Manske
Bldg 22, Room 107, 717-245-4898,


Carlisle Barracks Youth Center water samples show no elevated lead levels 

As part of the U.S. Army’s ongoing effort to ensure Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members have access to safe drinking water, the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) conducted water sampling for the presence of lead at the McConnell Memorial Youth Center, Bldg. 459, on 2 August 2016. 

Of the 10 samples collected from sinks and water fountains, none showed elevated levels (above 15 ppb).

Water samples were collected from 10 sinks and drinking fountains at McConnell Memorial Youth Center. The goal is to determine the amount of lead in the samples of water collected from drinking water fountains and those faucets and taps that are frequently used to prepare food or beverages for the most at-risk population (infants and children through age 6).  The results of the testing are here.

Sampling was conducted at the Youth Centerbecause exposure to lead, even at low levels, may cause developmental issues in children ages 6 years old and under.  Lead is found throughout the environment in lead-based paint, air, soil, household dust, food, certain types of pottery porcelain and pewter, and water.  Since exposure can occur through drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that schools and day care facilities test their drinking water for lead.  If lead is found at any water outlet at levels above 20 parts per billion (ppb), the EPA recommends taking action to reduce the lead.However, based on recent research that identified drinking water as a possible greater contributor of lead exposure and more strongly links elevated water lead levels to increased blood lead levels, the Army is using a more stringent 15 ppb lead level to determine when to take action to reduce the lead.

No further sampling is necessary at this time but if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like more information about this sampling effort, please contact Chad Betoney, Safety Manager at 245-4353.

Opening ceremony welcomes class of 2017

The Opening Ceremony is a spectacular event displaying the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The Army Drill Team, and The Army Band (Pershing's Own). This event sets the stage for the foundations of tradition and custom for our next class of strategic leaders.

The Opening Ceremony will be conducted on the historic Indian Field, on Aug. 12, 2016 at 4 p.m., with the Old Guard Honor Platoons marching onto the field and the Armed Forces Color Guard. After the “Presentation of the Command” and “Sound Off,” Retreat is conducted.





The event is the Army’s formal welcome to the senior military students and families who will reside in the Carlisle area for the next year.  The Army War College class of 2017 of 382. Includes U.S. military officers of the Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard; senior civilians who work for federal agencies associated with national security, and international officers representing 70 nations.

This event is open to the public and great opportunity see the Army’s premier marching bands without traveling to Washington D.C.

New MFP program aims to academically engage AWC spouses

Opportunity awaits spouses of U.S. Army War College students as they arrive for classes this Aug. That opportunity lies in the Military Family Program, a uniquely Army War College program geared toward enhancing the experience of one of the Army’s most valuable assets, its spouses. This year’s program promises to be big as the Army War College welcomes a new director to manage and breathe new life into this exclusive program.

Christina Daily, arrived on Mach 6, 2016 and assumed the role of Director of the Military Family Program. She comes to the Army War College from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 108th Training Command in Charlotte, N.C., where she served as the Family Programs Director, and she brings her experience, knowledge and lessons learned there to her position here at the Army War College.

“I bring my passion, and my enthusiasm to the job,” said Daily. “I like to joke and have fun, but you’re going to learn something. You’re going to be able to take something away from it.”

A former military spouse herself, she helped establish the first Family Programs Directorate in the U.S. Army Reserve to hold an accreditation from the National Council on Accreditation. “That was almost a four-year process that I’m very proud to have been a part of because we, myself and another reserve command, established the standards,” said Daily.

Running with the momentum generated by her previous project’s success, Daily is developing a new pilot element to the Army War College’s Military Family Program. The Executive Spouse Leadership Development Course aims to parallel the experience of the Army War College student by presenting spouses with an opportunity earn a certificate from an Army War College program.

“This program is out of my comfort zone, and it’s challenging, because it’s more academic, so one of the goals … is to make sure the Military Family Program is moving forward and in an academic track which complements what is already here at the War College,” said Daily, who holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in public health administration.

Explaining her vision for the new pilot program, Daily said, “Basically student spouses will pick and choose which courses they would like to take, or lectures and workshops, and then they will accumulate a predetermined amount of courses in-order to get a certificate of completion from the U.S. Army War College.”

To earn the Army War College certificate spouses who enroll will choose from a variety of topics to personalize their experience in the Executive Spouse Leadership Development Course. Topics include military protocol, ethics, finance and public speaking. The goal is to increase the participants’ understanding of these issues and enhance their effectiveness as partners to their senior officer spouse.

“I love thinking out of the box. I like trying new things to see if it works,” said Daily. The Executive Spouse Leadership Development Course with an Army War College certificate is outside of the box.

Spouses are invited to learn more about the Military Family Program at the Spouses Brief on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Bliss Hall. The command spouses will welcome student spouses and share personal insights about crafting a personally enriching experience at the Army War College. Daily will give a presentation on The Military Family Program, which include an introduction to the new Executive Spouse Leadership Development Course, the FLAGS program and the full range of activities designed for spouses’ education.

Link to the MFP FB page:

The MFP web site:

The MFP Calendar:

Summer Sense Campaign – Army substance abuse program

DON’T BE THAT GUY/GAL - Drinking Facts- for additional information check out the “That Guy” site at

Anyone who drinks alcohol has the potential to become That Guy, because anyone who drinks also risks drinking too much.

From the embarrassing and shameful to the dangerous and destructive, nobody wants to deal with or be That Guy that everyone is talking about the next day.

What is alcohol?

Alcohol is a drug. More specifically, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and the intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor.

How does alcohol affect you?

When you have a drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream from the stomach and enters tissues in the body. The effects of alcohol depend on a variety of things, such as:

  • Your size, weight, body fat and sex
  • Amount of alcohol consumed
  • Amount of food in your stomach
  • Use of medications, including non-prescription drugs

In general, it takes the average drinker about one hour to metabolize one drink. When you drink more than that, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises, and you start to feel the effects of intoxication. You may start to think that women are only joking when they say, “Leave me alone, you drunk,” which will only make you seem more like That Guy when you continue to talk to them.

Why Size Matters

It’s true that beer, wine, and liquor have different concentrations of alcohol, but when consumed in their standard size servings (12 oz. beer, 5 oz. wine and 1.5 oz. liquor), each drink will have the same effects and amount of alcohol.

The Effects of Alcohol

What is alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows your central nervous system. However, it speeds up how fast you become That Guy. This makes women nervous and will leave you depressed and alone with a depressed central nervous system which is even more depressing.

What happens when I drink alcohol?

When you have a drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream from the stomach and enters tissues in the body. The effects of alcohol depend on a variety of things, such as:

  • Your size, weight, body fat and sex
  • Amount of alcohol consumed
  • Amount of food in your stomach
  • Use of medications, including non-prescription drugs

In general, it takes the average drinker about one hour to metabolize one drink. When you drink more than that, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises, and you start to feel the effects of intoxication. You may start to think that women are only joking when they say, “Leave me alone, you drunk,” which will only make you seem more like That Guy when you continue to talk to them.

Short-Term Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol can have significant short-term effects. Many of these can seriously impair physical and mental abilities and cause other problems:

  • Lowered inhibition; increase in risky behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Talkativeness
  • Slowed reaction times and reflexes
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Altered perceptions and emotions
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Less ability to reason; impaired judgment
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion, anxiety, restlessness
  • Slowed heart rate; reduced blood pressure
  • Slowed breathing rate
  • Heavy sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Bad breath/hangovers


  • Drunk Dialing
  • Stupid Tattoos
  • Becoming That Guy

What is alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows your central nervous system. However, it speeds up how fast you become That Guy. This makes women nervous and will leave you depressed and alone with a depressed central nervous system which is even more depressing.

What happens when I drink alcohol?

When you have a drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream from the stomach and enters tissues in the body. The effects of alcohol depend on a variety of things, such as:

  • Your size, weight, body fat and sex
  • Amount of alcohol consumed
  • Amount of food in your stomach
  • Use of medications, including non-prescription drugs

In general, it takes the average drinker about one hour to metabolize one drink. When you drink more than that, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises, and you start to feel the effects of intoxication. You may start to think that women are only joking when they say, “Leave me alone, you drunk,” which will only make you seem more like That Guy when you continue to talk to them.

Short-Term Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol can have significant short-term effects. Many of these can seriously impair physical and mental abilities and cause other problems:

Alcohol and Sexual Performance

Drinking alcohol may lower inhibition and make sexual encounters more likely to occur, but it can place both men and women in unwanted or compromising situations such as the following:

  • Heavy drinkingdulls sensation and makes it more difficult for men to have and maintain an erection.
  • Even if men can maintain an erection while intoxicated, they may be unable to have an orgasm or ejaculate.
  • Drinking can make you unaware if you are performing poorly in bed.
  • Long-term effects of alcohol can include impotency and decreased fertility.
  • 60% of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted under the influence of alcohol.1
  • In 67 percent of unplanned pregnancies, at least one of the sexual partners was drunk.2


  1. University Health Service. "Alchohol and Sex;" University of Michigan, 2005.
  2. Ibid.

Dangers of Alcohol Poisoning

One of the most dangerous short-term consequences of binge drinking is alcohol poisoning, which can lead to irreversible brain damage or even death.

Excessive drinking depresses nerves that control things like breathing or the gag reflex.  Drinking too much in too short a time can lead to slow or stopped breathing; irregular or stopped heart beat; choking on vomit; severe dehydration; low body temperature; or too little blood sugar.

Don’t ever let someone “sleep it off.”  Blood alcohol levels continue to rise in the body even when someone is passed out and no longer drinking.  Watch for these signs of alcohol poisoning and get help immediately:

  • Mental confusion, stupor or coma
  • Passed out and difficult to wake
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature)

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

Over time, long-term alcohol use can cause permanent damage to the body and the brain, putting drinkers at serious risk of many health problems, including:

  • Physical dependence on alcohol
  • Liver disease, including alcoholic hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure and some forms of stroke
  • Brain damage
  • Cancer of the head and neck, the digestive tract and the breast
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Mental disorders, including increased aggression, depression and anxiety
  • Birth defects in children born to women who drink during pregnancy
  • Sexual problems and decreased fertility
  • Bone damage
  • Immune deficiency, causing increased susceptibility to certain diseases
  • Permanently becoming That Guy
  • Having an entire Web site named after your negative behavior:

The Consequences of Drinking too Much

  • Injuries like car crashes, falls, burns, and drowning
  • Sexual assault, domestic violence, and suicide
  • Financial losses due to injuries, property damage, and crime
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological damage

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking means drinking so much within about 2 hours that blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels reach 0.08g/dL. For women, this usually occurs after about 4 drinks, and for men, after about 5.Most people who binge drink are not dependent on alcohol.



10 Ways You Know You Have A Drinking Problem

  1. Believing alcohol is necessary to have fun
  2. Neglecting commitments to friends or family
  3. Missing work or school often
  4. Lying about how much you drink
  5. Feeling depressed, anxious, or irritable, during or after periods of heavy drinking
  6. Getting drunk alone regularly
  7. Having frequent hangovers
  8. Experiencing blackouts
  9. Getting in trouble with the law
  10. Failed attempts to cut back or quit

Does Your Friend Need Help?

Step 1: Prepare

Get educated about the serious risks and consequences of binge drinking. Review books and websites on the topic for more information. Think carefully about your concerns and what you want to say.  Be prepared to offer specific examples of how his/her drinking has affected you or your family, the person’s career, or health. Practice the conversation in advance or write your points down on paper.

Step 2: Have The Conversation

Now here’s the hard part. Sometimes it helps to have the conversation shortly after an alcohol-related problem has occurred, such as an argument or trouble at work.

Give an example of when this person has become That Guy or That Girl. Be supportive. Tell the person what you want him/her to do, whether it’s cutting down on drinking or entering a treatment program. Be loving and kind. Stay calm and remain supportive even if he/she gets defensive.

Step 3: Get Support

If appropriate, you may want to involve trusted friends or other family members. You can also consult with your health care provider, a professional counselor, chaplain or a support group to gather information and advice.

Step 4: Seek Help

It’s important for the person to see a health care provider or other professional to evaluate the seriousness of the problem. In some cases, he/she may just need to cut back on drinking. In others, counseling or treatment may be needed. For more information on finding a treatment center near you, contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 717 245 – 4082 (Treatment) or 717 245 – 4576 (Prevention) or review the resources listed on the ThatGuy site.

Sources: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alcohol and Sexual Performance

Drinking alcohol may lower inhibition and make sexual encounters more likely to occur, but it can place both men and women in unwanted or compromising situations such as the following:

  • Heavy drinkingdulls sensation and makes it more difficult for men to have and maintain an erection.
  • Even if men can maintain an erection while intoxicated, they may be unable to have an orgasm or ejaculate.
  • Drinking can make you unaware if you are performing poorly in bed.
  • Long-term effects of alcohol can include impotency and decreased fertility.
  • 60% of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted under the influence of alcohol.1
  • In 67 percent of unplanned pregnancies, at least one of the sexual partners was drunk.2


  1. University Health Service. "Alchohol and Sex;" University of Michigan, 2005.
  2. Ibid.

Dangers of Alcohol Poisoning

One of the most dangerous short-term consequences of binge drinking is alcohol poisoning, which can lead to irreversible brain damage or even death.

Excessive drinking depresses nerves that control things like breathing or the gag reflex.  Drinking too much in too short a time can lead to slow or stopped breathing; irregular or stopped heart beat; choking on vomit; severe dehydration; low body temperature; or too little blood sugar.

Don’t ever let someone “sleep it off.”  Blood alcohol levels continue to rise in the body even when someone is passed out and no longer drinking.  Watch for these signs of alcohol poisoning and get help immediately:

  • Mental confusion, stupor or coma
  • Passed out and difficult to wake
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature)

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

Over time, long-term alcohol use can cause permanent damage to the body and the brain, putting drinkers at serious risk of many health problems, including:

  • Physical dependence on alcohol
  • Liver disease, including alcoholic hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure and some forms of stroke
  • Brain damage
  • Cancer of the head and neck, the digestive tract and the breast
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Mental disorders, including increased aggression, depression and anxiety
  • Birth defects in children born to women who drink during pregnancy
  • Sexual problems and decreased fertility
  • Bone damage
  • Immune deficiency, causing increased susceptibility to certain diseases
  • Permanently becoming That Guy
  • Having an entire Web site named after your negative behavior

Alcohol Poses Unique Health Risks for Women

  • Research shows that women are more vulnerable to alcohol-related diseases because when men and women drink the same amount of alcohol, women develop higher blood alcohol levels than men do.3In other words women get more intoxicated  and get intoxicated  faster than men do.
  • Women have a higher propensity to develop liver disease than men do. The amount or alcohol necessary to produce cirrhosis in the liver in women is two to three times less than in men.4
  • Drinking can affect your skin because dehydration deprives skin of vital nutrients.
  • For many reasons including hormonal changes and social pressures women are 50% more likely to suffer from depression.5Depression and stress are leading factors for drinking in women.67Additionally after drinking heavily, many women feel depressed.


  1. Lieber, Charles S. "Gender Differences in Pharmocokenetics of Alcohol." Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research: Vol. 25, No. 4; April 2001.
  2. Ibid.
  3. The Commonwealth Fund survey of the health of adolescent girls, New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1997.
  4. National Center on Addition and Substance Abuse. Formative years: Pathways to substance abuse among girls and youn women ages 8-22. Columbia Universtiy, New York NY, 2003.
  5. The Commonwealth Fund survey of the health of adolescent girls, New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1997.

Alcohol and Women’s Sexual Health

  • Almost 50% of unplanned sex is under the influence of alcohol.8
  • 60% of STDs were transmitted under the influence of alcohol.9
  • In 67% of unplanned pregnancies, the woman reported being drunk.10
  • Vomiting within two hours of taking the pill may make it less effective. This is also true of emergency contraceptives such as the “morning after” pill.11
  • Increased alcohol use results in fewer orgasms or an ability to achieve orgasm.12
  • Reduced awareness of personal emotional and physical comfort can result in sexual activities that you may regret when sober.

 University Health Service. "Alcohol and Sex;" University of Michigan, 2005.

  1. Ibid.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Prevention Programs. "Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention: Safe Spring Break." Vanderbilt University; 2006.

Call now to schedule your CYSS, school physical

Get a jump on the requirements to get a physical for Child, Youth and School Services Sports and many Pennsylvania School districts by calling Dunham Clinic. Call (717)-245-3400 to book your appointment.

The CYSS form can be found here

The PA school district form can be found here

Everyone plays a role in force protection

August marks the U.S. Army's seventh annual observance of Antiterrorism Awareness Month. The wide range of terrorist-related threats during the past year reflects the realities of the risks faced by the nation. To help prevent terrorist activities, Army communities must remain vigilant and constantly aware.


The focus areas for Antiterrorism Awareness Month include recognizing and reporting suspicious activity (through iWATCH Army and iSALUTE programs), antiterrorism awareness training and information sharing, countering insider threats, and spreading awareness of the risks associated with the use of social media.

See something, say something

Carlisle Barracks and the United States Army War College has an “ iWATCH ” Program; See Something – Say Something. In short, suspicious persons, packages, and vehicles that are seemingly out of place should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Police Desk at, (717) 245-4115. Anything may be reported and it is important to report the Who, What, When, Where, and Why, to the best of your ability to aid in an investigation.

Another way to report to authorities anything out of the norm by filing a suspicious activity report. This is an automated tool that lets reports be generated anonymously. This report can be accessed at iWatch/SuspiciousActivityReport.cfm

Awareness of terrorist threats and an understanding of personal protective measures remain paramount.

The four focus areas planned for this year include recognizing and reporting suspicious activity, participating in antiterrorism training, countering insider threats and becoming familiar with the risks associated with the use of social media.

Antiterrorism awareness also empowers the entire Army – including units, leaders, Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, families and contractors – to take prevention measures and encourages each individual to serve as a “sensor” continuously aware of and reporting suspicious activity.

Every member of the Army community plays an important role in preventing terrorist acts. By embedding antiterrorism principles and concepts throughout our plans and programs we protect the Army community from terrorists.

Key Reminders:

• Terrorists can attack anywhere, anytime – the threat is real.

• Army activities and people remain vulnerable.

• Persistent vigilance can help counter the threat and prevent a terrorist attack.

• Units must provide the best antiterrorism training and education possible.

• Individuals should know how to identify and report suspicious activities.

• Antiterrorism measures integrate security into all Army operations and activities.

• Leaders must get the entire Army community involved in antiterrorism efforts.

AHEC Presents Fearful Odds: Chuck Newhall reading from his memoir of Vietnam, post-Vietnam

After decades managing post-traumatic stress, Army veteran Chuck Newhall wrote "Fearful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath" to tell his story of perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds and offers a guiding hand to others who are facing challenges on the battlefield, in the boardroom, or at home.  He commanded an independent platoon in Vietnam, including an initial reconnaissance of Hamburger Hill, and earned the Silver Star and Bronze Star V with 1st OLC.

AHEC presents a free, public military history reading with Chuck Newhall, based on his book, at the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center on Thursday, August 4, at 7:15 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the questions-and-answer phase will conclude around 8:30 p.m.

Newhall served in Vietnam commanding an independent platoon including an initial reconnaissance of Hamburger Hill. His decorations include the Silver Star and Bronze Star V(1st OLC.) He received an Deep in the A Shau Valley of Vietnam, a routine mission for veteran U.S. Army troops turned into a botched operation with combat casualties, due to poor leadership in the chain of command. A firefight with North Vietnamese troops erupted from communication errors and leader confusion. At the center was a young Army officer, groomed for command and assigned to lead the doomed platoon on its fateful reconnaissance mission. That young officer, Chuck Newhall, and his band of survivors have lived a lifetime of trauma, guilt, grief and anger, linked  graphic memories of the action and the grueling months that followed.

Newhall III co-founded New Enterprise Associates  in 1977. Prior to founding NEA, Chuck was a Vice President of T. Rowe Price. He played a major role in formulating NEA’s investment strategy with partners Dick Kramlich and Frank Bonsal, and he has been instrumental in financing the dramatic changes in both the health care services and pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries. He was also a start-up investor in several companies that helped to change the health care delivery system. One such success was Amerigroup, the leading independent Medicaid HMO, which Chuck helped to start in 1994. He also helped to start BRAVO, a company that case manages the frail elderly in the last three years of life.

Newhall earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an honors degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He works currently in an advisory capacity for Greensprings Associates, writing and travelling extensively for continuing education.

For this and all AHEC events, check for changes at or call the Information Desk at 717-245-3972.

Inside facts to help newcomers fit in fast

An Army post that honors its military tradition, Carlisle Barracks has the beauty, charm and convenience of a college campus. The small post features the chapel; a retail area (Commissary, Exchange/ Class VI, Exchange vendors like laundry/dry cleaners, more); a youth area (anchored by the Delaney Clubhouse on one end, the new McConnell Youth Center on the other, with the Moore Child Development Center and youth sports field in between); the medical/dental 'corner;' a campus-wide set of fitness opportunities; and recreational venues scattered throughout the post and adjoining (bowling, golf, movie theater, and LVCC's Pershing's Tavern, Tiki Bar, dance classes, etc).

  • The Commissary is open six days a week (closed on Mondays) and features a bakery, custom photo cakes, deli, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes, rotisserie chickens and sushi.
  • The Exchange complex here features a Subway, GNC, barbershop, optical center, pharmacy pick-up and LIMITED clothing sales. There are more uniform options (Army only) available at Ft. Indiantown Gap.
  • The Class VI is located inside of the Exchange and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Sat and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Reynolds Theater shows first run movies on Friday and Saturday evenings, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. There are also special children's movie matinees scheduled during the year.
  • Barracks Crossings is home to the frame shop and auto center.


Post information line, Facebook official sources for closures, delays

Wondering where to go for information about post closures, delays?

The best place to check for all official post operations is the information line at 245-3700. Updated at least daily, this number always has the latest on post operations.

You can also register for AtHoc, the posts official mass notification tool. Find out how at  

Also check the USAWC Facebook page at the Banner at

Key post policies

  • Dogs are required to be under control on leashes at all times, unless they are in the two on-post dog parks. All waste needs to be picked up by owners as well.
  • Speed limit is 15 miles per hour
  • Fishing on the post is permitted. Persons 16 years of age and over are required to possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license. Military personnel become eligible to purchase a resident hunting or fishing license after 60 days residence in Pennsylvania.
  • Boats and trailers are not to be parked near quarters or in vehicle parking areas for more than 48 hours. Refer to the BBC Resident Guide for more information. See MWR for storage area usage/availability.
  • The use of fireworks on the installation is prohibited.
  • Due to liability and safety issues, swimming pools and trampolines are NOT permitted in family housing. All basketball hoops and other recreational items must be removed from street and sidewalks when not in use.
  • For safety purposes, no swimming or wading is allowed in streams.  

Chapel Services
The Post Chapel supports Catholic and Protestant congregations and services, and can guide all to religious services throughout the region. For more information visit

  • Vacation Bible School will be offered Aug. 1-5 – you can register by calling 717-245-4330. 
  • An ice cream social will be held within the first month of the school year to welcome both the Catholic and Protestant congregations.
  • A variety of couples retreats and marriages classes are also offered throughout the year.


Fun, fitness for all ages

?  The Splash Zone Swimming Pool for cool summertime fun. Located behind the Letort View Community Center, it offers a large slide, separate baby pool and splash pad. A sand volleyball court is available on a first-come, first-served basis during pool hours of operation. Volleyballs are available at the snack bar or you may bring your own.

?  The Carlisle Barracks Golf Course is one of the finest in Cumberland Valley. It measures more than 6,300 yards, has a par 72, and is fully irrigated, with a normal golfing season from April - November. It also features a recently constructed practice facility that includes a driving range, practice putting green, and a green with a bunker. The golf course running/walking track is popular and beautiful and connects to the Army Heritage and Education Trail for added interest.

?  Strike Zone Bowling Center offers 6 synthetic lanes, automatic scoring, bumper bowling, a pro shop and Strike Zone Pizza.

?  Outdoor recreation offers easy access to skiing, indoor rock climbing, cycling, white water rafting, camping, or mountain climbing just to name a few. Call 717-245-4616 for more information.

?  Jim Thorpe Fitness Center - Whether you are looking for the latest equipment, personal trainers, or a variety of exercise classes, Jim Thorpe Fitness Center has it all for you. You'll find all the amenities you need in an environment that makes you feel at home, regardless of your fitness level.

?  Indian Field Fitness Center - Located across from Root Hall, the fitness center features cardio equipment, free weights, tread mills, elliptical machines and more. The center also has women-only area open from 9-11 a.m. daily.

?  Root Hall Gym- Located adjacent to the Root Hall academic building, is home to a full size basketball and volleyball court, regulation-size racquetball/handball court, and men's and women's locker rooms with saunas. Seminar basketball and volleyball programs are also conducted here.




Health Care

    Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic is a member of the TRICARE Northeast Region and the Walter Reed Health Care System, which partners with HealthNet to provide care.

Dunham is a non-emergency clinic that offers family medicine, pediatrics, optometry, social work and behavioral health, occupational health, and industrial hygiene services. In addition, Dunham offers immunization, laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy support. A Soldier medical readiness center, which includes travel medicine information, is a recent addition to the offerings.


Schedule appointments by calling the clinic information line at 245-3400 or toll free at 1-877-787-2569. Follow the prompts to reach the Appointments Section,

  • 1st prompt – 1
  • 2nd prompt – 1
  • 3rd prompt - 2

Patients must wait for the prompt to begin before making selections. Active Duty calling from an office phone on Carlisle Barracks can dial 106 to schedule appointments for the service member. Cancellations can be made by calling 245-3325, please leave name of patient, sponsor's social security number, date of appointment, and name of provider. Please speak slowly and clearly when using this line.

Don't like waiting on hold to schedule an appointment? You can now schedule your appointments online with only a few clicks of the mouse. If you have questions regarding the TRICARE Program, benefits, or eligibility criteria, please call 1-800-538-9552.

To schedule an appointment online:

  1. Go to
  2. Read the Online Privacy and Security Policy and click "I AGREE"
  3. Log on by entering your Username and Password
  4. Click "Appointments"
  5. Select "Visit Reason", click "View Available Appointments"
  6. Select appointment, or follow the directions to other options.

The Appointments Section schedules appointments for family medicine, pediatrics, immunizations, optometry, mammography, and gynecology. The Clinic has specialty providers on a limited basis. All appointments with specialty providers require a referral from the patient's PCM. Once a referral is acquired, the Appointments Section will schedule the appointments for specialists located at the Clinic.

Army Wellness Center

Carlisle Barracks is also home to an Army Wellness Center. Army Wellness Centers complement care of primary care physicians at installation medical treatment facilities, according to the U.S. Army Public Health Command. The centers provide health promotion services and education tailored to meet individual patient needs. Army Wellness Center programs and services are available to all Army personnel. This includes active-duty soldiers and retirees, their family members, DoD civilians, and Reserve/National Guard components.

For more information call (717) 245-4004.

See something, say something

Carlisle Barracks and the United States Army War College has an “ iWATCH ” Program; See Something – Say Something. In short, suspicious persons, packages, and vehicles that are seemingly out of place should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Police Desk at, (717) 245-4115. Anything may be reported and it is important to report the Who, What, When, Where, and Why, to the best of your ability to aid in an investigation.

Another way to report to authorities anything out of the norm by filing a suspicious activity report. This is an automated tool that lets reports be generated anonymously. This report can be accessed at iWatch/SuspiciousActivityReport.cfm

Calendar of Community Events

    Located at, the Carlisle Barracks Community calendar has everything from Youth Services events to special services or events held at the post chapel. Whether you’re looking for something to do next week or next month the calendar has you covered.

    The calendar is updated every day, so you’ll always have the most up-to-date listings and events. There’s also a handy print function if you want to print it out a month and hang it on your calendar.